The University of California, San Francisco has announced a $500 million commitment from the Helen Diller Family Foundation in support of the planning, design, and construction of a new hospital on the university's Parnassus Heights campus.
In January 2017, the foundation pledged $500 million, the largest gift in UCSF history, to establish endowments for the Helen Diller Distinguished Professorships, Helen Diller Scholarships, and an unrestricted Innovation Fund. The new gift will enable UCSF to accelerate planning for the hospital, which will be built on the site currently occupied by the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics. By law, UCSF must relocate inpatient services at its Moffitt Hospital, which was built in 1955, by 2030 to meet seismic code requirements.
"The new hospital will not only incorporate new technologies, including telemedicine, robotics, and intra-operative imaging, but it will be embedded within a campus that includes leading clinicians and scientists focused on translating discoveries into treatments and cures for conditions ranging from diabetes to neurological diseases to organ failure," said Mark R. Laret, president and CEO of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and other partners and affiliates. "We are thrilled with the Diller family's vision of creating a tranquil and patient-centered environment that will best meet both the medical and non-medical needs of our patients, visitors, and staff. We are enormously grateful."
The latest commitment boosts the foundation's total support for UCSF over fifteen years to more than $1.15 billion, including gifts in support of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In recognition of the foundation's commitment, the entire UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus Heights will be renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Through the foundation, the family of Helen Diller, who died in 2015, and her husband, Sanford Diller, who passed away February 2, has also supported the arts, education, Jewish causes, and the sciences.
"The Diller family's generous and sustained support of education, research, and patient care at UC San Francisco, and their steadfast backing of important programs at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, are a source of strength for the entire UC system," said University of California president Janet Napolitano. "The Dillers' loyalty to the University of California will help ensure that this great public university system remains a global leader in science, health care, and education for decades to come."